a happy two-year-old is my fave

April 24, 2014

kid birthday party ideas

If you learn one lesson from Leslie Knope, let it be this: you coordinate birthday celebrations to fit the honoree. While Beck would have probably been amused by an elaborate party, he was just as happy with a bunch of balloons and eating cake with his best buddy. Also known as, I took the easy way out.

Last year we adopted Meta’s family tradition of the birthday table. When Beck arose in the morning he was greeted with a balloon wall (which he ran to right away and pulled off every balloon he could reach) and his presents and cake. The smile didn’t leave his face for the rest of the day which was spent doing a few of his favorite activities.

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Later on we had a couple friends over for dinner and cake (I made this recipe for the first time and it was a winner) and Beck was beaming as he was sung to. He even knew to blow out the candles and cheered for himself plenty. Simple celebrations for the win.

birthday party decorations

Beck is my sunny boy. I’m so blessed to be his mom.


  • On April 24, 2014 , Tinku Bhardwaj said:

    Wish you a very happy birthday…

  • On April 24, 2014 , Marianne said:

    Happy Birthday Beck! And I couldn’t agree more: A happy two year old is MY fave too! πŸ˜‰

  • On April 24, 2014 , Lindy said:

    Such a cutie! Looks like fun!

  • On April 24, 2014 , domestikate said:

    This looks brilliant and he looks so happy!

  • On April 24, 2014 , valerie | lily on fillmore said:

    AMEN to the leslie knope reference. she is my spirit animal (along with beyonce and ron swanson), it makes me very happy she was included! that balloon wall is adorable. happy birthday to your little one!


  • On April 24, 2014 , Sheila@Chinaberry said:

    I think simpler is better, so you’ve got it down. And I love the wall of balloons ~ brilliant!

  • On April 24, 2014 , kat said:

    Happy Birthday! My little guy will be 2 at the beginning of June- where did you get his awesome shirt? Thanks! Love the balloon wall too!

  • On April 25, 2014 , Jenny said:


  • On April 25, 2014 , sarah said:

    happy birthday little laddie! x

  • On April 26, 2014 , Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land said:

    melanie is it weird i got a little teary eyed? beck’s face, your description of his happiness and excitement… oh I LOVE BIRTHDAYS and what a sweet and adorable celebration for this little nutbar! happy 2nd birthday little man! PS i love how much you love Leslie Knope!!! xo

  • On April 26, 2014 , Katie said:

    I see so much of you in the last picture of him. Happy birthday Beck!

  • On April 27, 2014 , Stephanie Rigg said:

    i just love him

  • On April 28, 2014 , Emily said:

    Thanks for the link love on my chocolate bundt cake. It truly is one of my faves. And the party looks fabulous–happy birthday to your little one!

  • On April 29, 2014 , Anne said:

    I love this idea. What was your method to hang the balloons? I’ve used tape on the ends before but haven’t had much luck.

  • On May 3, 2014 , Karyna // PaperSquid said:

    I love this balloon wall and I’m so happy I just discovered your blog. πŸ™‚

  • On May 6, 2014 , Hilary said:

    It is always good to use Leslie Knope’s rule of thumb! I love this whole party decor! Those balloons are so fun!


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    Where did get the swirl looking balloons for the balloon wall? I love them. Thanks!

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